Physics

Computational Physics  
Description: The goal of this course is to introduce students to computational methods for simulating physical systems and solving problems arising in physics and astronomy, as well as in other related fields. Students carry out their work primarily using the MATLAB computing language. The emphasis of the course will be on using computational methods to solve physical problems that cannot be handled analytically.
Topics covered include interpolation, numerical integration, random numbers and random processes, differential equations, and partial differential equations.
Course material created by Pete Schloerb and Min Yun.
Target audience: Introductory undergraduate (1st or 2nd year)
Institution: University of Massachusetts
Materials available: Problem sets or projects, Course outline or syllabus, Downloadable code or data files
Products: MATLAB

Submitted: Jul 22, 2008
Optical Bench  
Description: This set of files makes up a flexible optical raytracer. It models refraction, attenuation and aberrations through optical systems built by lenses, apertures, prisms, grids and slits. It is equipped to handle interference and could be extended to take diffraction into account.
Target audience: Graduate
Academic institution: Ttromsø University
Materials available: Downloadable code/data files
Products: MATLAB

Submitted: Jul 09, 2008
Introduction to Computer Techniques in Physics  
Description: This course provides an introduction to the use of computers in physics based on examples from mechanics and astronomy. Topics covered include computers and networking; numerical analysis in algebraic systems and approximations; numerical analysis in differential and integral calculus; data analysis and visualization; and scientific computing tools.
Course material created by Professor J.C Evans.
Target audience: Advanced undergraduate (3rd or 4th year)
Institution: George Mason University
Materials available: Problem sets or projects, Course outline or syllabus, Textbook recommendations, Downloadable code or data files
Products: MATLAB

Submitted: Jul 22, 2008
Physics Books  

A catalog listing of titles from The MathWorks books program. The texts present theory, real-world examples, and exercises using MATLAB, Simulink, and other MathWorks products.


Submitted: Mar 12, 2008
Applications of Physics to the Earth Sciences  
Description: This is an intermediate course in the application of the basic principles of classical physics to the earth sciences. Topics will be selected from: mechanics of rotating bodies, the two-body problem, tidal theory, oscillations and normal modes, diffusion and heat transfer, wave propagation, electro- and magneto-statics, Maxwell's equations, and elements of statistical and fluid mechanics.
Course material created by Professor Mike Brown.
Target audience: Advanced undergraduate (3rd or 4th year)
Institution: California Institute of Technology
Materials available: Problem sets or projects, Course outline or syllabus, Downloadable code or data files
Products: MATLAB

Submitted: Jul 22, 2008



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